Sponsor Message:
Non Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Could This Be The Worlds Slowest Computer?  
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2909 times:

Yes, it is of course my computer. *sigh*

At first everything seems normal. The internet is working fine, browsing through folders and files works fine...
But as soon as I start using various programs, things slow down to the ridiciolous.

Examples:

* When making changes in the video editing program Pinnacle Studio which used to be done in a sec, it now takes up to a minute before the change is made. Other times, the program freezes and has to be closed by force.

* I am currently burning out two audio files onto a CD (yeah I know, just 2 songs), with a total size of 40MB, something which used to be done in under a minute.
It has now been nearly 15 minutes, and it just passed half way...

What the hell is going on? I can't remember anything happening to the computer which would cause this.
The problem occured around the time that I agreed to download some windows updates. This took forever too, so possibly the problem occured even before that. I never got more than "2% complete" on downloading the updates, even though it was running all day. I finally decided to abort the update, hoping things would speed up again.

Didn't work.

Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this problem?

If it takes nearly 30 minutes to burn out 40MB, I dread the day when I have to burn out a DVD.  Sad

Thom@s


"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
37 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2902 times:

Check for malware. Your computer might be infected.

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2894 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 1):
Check for malware. Your computer might be infected.

Wouldn't be surprised...

Will have to invest in a Anti virus program then..

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2895 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Thread starter):
The problem occured around the time that I agreed to download some windows updates.

 scratchchin 

There's your problem right there.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2891 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 2):
Will have to invest in a Anti virus program then..

As far as I remember, there are also several free packages you could use. Some of them contain spyware themselves, so I leave more concrete recommendations to others who have more experience with Windows pest control.


User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

Adaware
AVG - get it quick while it's still free
Spybot

All good, all free.


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9541 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Thread starter):
The problem occured around the time that I agreed to download some windows updates.

After certain Windows updates, it seems you can get a problem with helpsvc.exe running riot. If you don't use Windows Help then you can stop that process. Check Task Manager to see how much CPU time it's taking up.

Having said that, I have to say I've had similar problems with Pinnacle Studio, though not so much with Version 10 Plus. I ended up having to shorten the clip that the burn was "sticking" on. I don't think I ever tried dividing a problem clip into shorter clips, without losing anything - I just thought of that now.  Smile


User currently offlineTmatt95 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

It is always good to read the reviews on anti virus programs. There are a number of free programs out there on the market. I personally use:
antivir
(I also find CCleaner: http://www.ccleaner.com/ is good at cleaning the computer)

If you are not sure, there is also a free online scanner on the Microsoft website: http://safety.live.com/site/en-gb/default.htm
Matt


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

Quoting MDorBust (Reply 3):
There's your problem right there.

I dunno... I have downloaded updates without trouble before...

Also the fact that the dowload of the most recent uploads took so long, could indicate that the slow PC trouble had already occured.

Quoting David L (Reply 6):
Check Task Manager to see how much CPU time it's taking up.

Couldn't anything "wrong" there. (Although the PC TV card was working a bit for no reason, so I shut it down... No noticable effect.)

Quoting Tmatt95 (Reply 7):
free online scanner on the Microsoft website:

Downloading and trying it out now..

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineTmatt95 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2828 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 8):

Downloading and trying it out now..

It takes its time. Hopefully you will end up with a faster computer  Smile
Matt


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2819 times:

11% and one item detected so far.

Thank God the internet isn't running as slow as the other programs.  Smile

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9541 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 8):
Quoting David L (Reply 6):
Check Task Manager to see how much CPU time it's taking up.

Couldn't anything "wrong" there.

It only happened to one of my four PCs. Ah well, it was just a thought.  Smile


User currently offlineJamie757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2803 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 1):
Check for malware. Your computer might be infected.

I'd second that, programs I use are AVG anti-virus, Ad-Aware (to remove spyware) and I find Windows Defender to be fairly good too.

Have you tried defragging your hard-drive recently? May be of some help, however it may take 74632991 hours to complete if your system is running as slow as you describe.

 Big grin

Rgds.


User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2800 times:

Run a boot-time check disk and then defrag. You'd be amazed at the difference it can make. Especially if you've never done either of those.

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2702 times:

Quoting Jamie757 (Reply 12):
Have you tried defragging your hard-drive recently? May be of some help, however it may take 74632991 hours to complete if your system is running as slow as you describe.



Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 13):
Run a boot-time check disk and then defrag. You'd be amazed at the difference it can make. Especially if you've never done either of those.

I believe both these operations were made during the Windows online scan I performed. Everything has been cleaned up, but no improvement I'm afraid.

I guess I'll need a spyware / adware or antivirus program. Can anyone recommend a decent safe one? (With a link would be nice.)

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2696 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 14):
I believe both these operations were made during the Windows online scan I performed

I don't think an online scan does a defrag. Run your defrag program anyway; it'll tell you if the drive needs to be done.



'Somebody tell me why I'm on my own if there's a soulmate for everyone' :Natasha Bedingfield
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2686 times:

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 15):
I don't think an online scan does a defrag.

Well it said "Now defragging your harddrive", and it did it to both harddrives. So I would guess it has done it, but it wouldn't hurt to try again.

However another weird thing has happened to the PC now... As soon as the screensaver comes on, instead of displaying the usual photos, it says "Could not find any image files in the folder".

But after a quick check, I found the images were still there. On the "preview" of the screensaver it worked like normal... but not when the screensaver actually came on.

I fear this is the beginning of something bad...  Sad

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2683 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 16):
Well it said "Now defragging your harddrive", and it did it to both harddrives. So I would guess it has done it, but it wouldn't hurt to try again.



Quoting Thom@s (Reply 16):

I fear this is the beginning of something bad...

Seriously, run a boot-time check disk. Defrag won't touch any files currently in use by Windows, which is a significant amount. Defrag also doesn't do any kind of disk integrity checking or error correction, and no surface scan either. So again I say, run a boot-time check disk. Here's how...

Open My Computer. Right click on each drive/partition in turn and select Properties. On the 'Tools' tab, the first option if 'Error-checking'. Hit the 'Check Now' button and put a checkmark in both boxes on the pop-up window. Hit OK, and you'll get a message that you need to schedule a scan on the next reboot. Say Yes, and then reboot your computer. The reboot will take it in to a check disk mode, and depending on the disk size, number of files, any errors found and fixed etc., it might take a while


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2672 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 17):

OK, thanks, I'll try it when I get home tomorrow.  Smile

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineBezoar From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 807 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2626 times:

I had the same kinds of problems with Pinnacle Studio. Perhaps they have some new updates to download now, but I tried their updates as of 3 months ago and serious problems remained: crashing, freezing, going so slow I didn't know if it was frozen or just super slow. I think it could easily be your problem.

Apparently, they release a new version that's been extremely buggy, and they are having trouble fixing things. If you go to the forums on the their website, you'll see lots of discussion about these kinds of things. Someone may offer some insight into what you can do. There may also be video card incompatibilities, etc.

Personally I would not recommend Pinnacle Studio to anyone.



"There are none so blind as those who will not see."
User currently offlinePalladium From Indonesia, joined Apr 2005, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2596 times:

Here some quick tips:

1. Get Norton Anti Virus and run a full system check.
2. What's your VGA Card? Memory?
you need to have a decent memory and VGA Card
3. Download an Anti spyware program and run it. Delete every spyware.

Most computers now should have 1 Gig Memory. Pentium 4 3.0 or above


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

Quoting Palladium (Reply 20):
1. Get Norton Anti Virus and run a full system check.

 thumbsdown 

Waste of money. AVG Free and some of the other free anti-virus programs are just as good.


User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2570 times:

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 21):
 thumbsdown 

Waste of money. AVG Free and some of the other free anti-virus programs are just as good.

Not only a waste of money, a waste of system resources. Norton will just slow the system down further.

Not free, but get NOD32 from ESET. Best and lightest out there.


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

Quoting Bezoar (Reply 19):
Personally I would not recommend Pinnacle Studio to anyone.

I would  Smile but you need a decent PC to run it.
Anyway, the problem is not limited to Pinnacle, so that doesn't appear the problem...

Quoting Palladium (Reply 20):
Most computers now should have 1 Gig Memory.

I believe I have 526MB... but that should still do...

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2468 times:

Nothing beats my old Commodore 64 I have kept as a souvenir


A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
25 Kmh1956 : Is this computer networked? If so, check your network connection. Be careful with these, as some anti-spyware programs ARE spyware.
26 Baroque : WADR I think the IBM 1620 would have beaten it into a cocked hat - whatever that is. This was back in the days of consoles of flashing lights. When y
27 Post contains images Thom@s : Not sure what you mean... As in connected to another computer? If so, then no. That's what I'm worried about. When I got a anti spyware thing for my
28 IAH777 : While we're on the subject of wonky 'puters, mine has an odd habit. If I've had it on for an hour, or so, approximately every fifteen minutes all of m
29 Post contains images JGPH1A : ...as a doorstop, maybe.
30 Post contains images Klaus : If it's the computer you're posting from, of course it is networked - to the internet and thus to millions of other computers...!
31 Francoflier : After checking for viruses and malware/spyware/bots with the programs mentioned above, dont' forget to get a program to clean up your registry too. Th
32 Post contains images Thom@s : *Slaps head* Of course... Well, since AVG has been mentioned fairly often, I think I'll go with that. Thom@s
33 Agill : Are you sure you have enough RAM in your computer? Some programs eat a lot of it and things get very slow. I mean you seem to only have this problem
34 Thom@s : I think there should be enought RAM... And it appears pretty much all programs I use are affected by the problem. They taken longer to open... and so
35 Thom@s : Ok, update: I have defragged both my harddrives, no improvement on the slow working computer. I downloaded AVG anti spyware. It keeps finding a few in
36 Agill : I'd do a reinstall and see if things improve. Your computer seem al borked up.
37 IFEMaster : You know...it could just be Windows. It's not unheard of for Windows just to start behaving oddly. Sounds like you've spent a long time trying to diag
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Could This Be The Reason For Being Anti-Mexican? posted Wed Dec 24 2003 00:42:31 by Marcus
Could This Be The Best Premiership Year? posted Wed Aug 27 2003 08:47:08 by EGFF
Could This Be *the* Reason Why Europe Is Antiwar? posted Sun May 4 2003 08:40:48 by MD-90
Could This Be The Worlds Slowest Computer? posted Tue Nov 21 2006 16:04:05 by Thom@s
Could This Be Anything But Foul Play? posted Sat Nov 4 2006 17:53:27 by Satx
Which Fellow Anutter Could This Be?!?!? posted Fri Aug 26 2005 02:34:50 by TAM1079
Could This Be Possible Vegetation On Mars? (Photo) posted Sat Jun 18 2005 18:44:33 by Flysaa
Could This Be A War? posted Tue Sep 11 2001 17:03:44 by OO-VEG
This Has To Be The Smallest Twin Around posted Sat Jun 3 2006 11:43:25 by Agill
Could Iran Be Barred From The World Cup? posted Sat May 27 2006 00:38:04 by Jetjack74